British vets lead the way in animal welfare

A new British Veterinary Association (BVA) survey has shown that 71% of vets check meat labels and question the produce before purchase. 

The survey was designed to mark National BBQ Week which took place last week (Monday 30 May – Sunday 5 June).

According to the poll of more than 1,000 UK vets, nine out of 10 admitted they would more likely buy food if it was labelled as British or locally sourced.

Meanwhile, over three-quarters (77%) said they would be more likely to buy free-range food or produce that carried a Farm Assurance Scheme label.

“Animal welfare should be a paramount consideration, whether we’re thinking about purchasing pets or the food we eat,” said Sean Wensley, BVA president.

“For vets it’s a top priority that the animals we rear for food have a good life and a humane death. Vets are not alone in caring about where their food comes form. To support high standards of animal welfare, all of us can vote for good animal health and welfare through our thoughtful meat, fish and dairy purchases and send a strong message to food producers and retailers this summer.”

In addition, the survey also revealed that nine out of 10 of vets would be less likely to buy meat or fish if it was labelled as not stunned prior to slaughter.

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